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IV Sedation Dentist

Sedation Dentistry ServicesDo you suffer from a dental phobia or an intense fear of getting dental work done? This is not uncommon. Many people are fearful of the dental chair and the potential pain or discomfort that can accompany it, but modern medicine has allowed for the many dentists to practice sleeping dentistry (sleep sedation) that gives patients the chance to sleep right through their dental treatment. At Carson & Carson, we offer both IV Sedation and IM Sedation to our patients so that you can have a pain free dental visit you that won’t even remember! Our dentists are available 24 hours a day to treat any dental emergency. Call us today to request a consultation for sleep dentistry with the Oxnard Dentist with over 4 decades of experience offering dental treatment.

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Carson & Carson: Expert Sedation Dentists since 1994

Both of our dentists Dr. LeRoy Carson and Dr. Derek Carson are certified by the State of California Board of Dental Examiners and are experts in sedation with decades of experience ranging back to 1994. Additionally, our dentists are both board certified conscious sedation examiners & evaluators. With decades of experience in oral sedation dentistry, our dental team can offer you a safe and relaxing alternative to being awake during your dental treatment through IV or IM Sedation. With over 45 years of experience serving Oxnard, you can feel confident that you are receiving care from some of the most accomplished and trusted dentists in the Los Angeles & Ventura area at Carson & Carson, DDS.

Is Sleep Dentistry Right For Me?

IV or IM sedation is a viable sleeping dentistry option if you:Intravenous Sedation with dentist and patient

  • are not numbed easily from local anesthetics
  • want to sleep through your dental visit
  • are nervous about dental treatment
  • have an easily triggered gag reflex
  • fear dental visits
  • require a lot of work in a single visit
  • or just haven’t been to the dentist in a long time

Our dental team believes that every patient deserves to be relaxed and comfortable when receiving dental care. So, we offer sleep dentistry sedation for a large number of procedures including root canals and our pediatric dentistry services. Find out today if oral sedation dentistry is the right option for you.

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Different Types of Sleep Sedation Dentistry

There are different types of sedation that can be used to achieve the painless state of sleep sedation dentistry. Using Intramuscular Sedation (IM) is one technique in which often is used in place of offering oral medication to a non-compliant patient or child. IM injections require a larger muscle mass such as the upper thigh, buttocks or upper arm.

Another method commonly used is Intravenous (IV) Sedation. In this procedure at least three liters of oxygen per minute titrate slowly with a general anesthetic until the patient is sedated to the point of no memory and has no fear. The patient then falls into a verbally arousable state of light sleep known as twilight sleep. This type of sleep is not true unconsciousness, but rather an amnesiac state where the patient experiences a highly reduced sensitivity to pain. The pulse rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and respiration rate are all monitored closely during & after the procedure to ensure the safety of the patient.

IV (Intravenous) Sedation

IV sedation is one of the most effective techniques in relieving dental anxiety for patients and is administered intravenously. It is the preferred method and is administered directly through the veins providing rapid sedation.

Pros of IV Sedation:

  • Patients have little memory of the procedureFluid Bag for Intravenous Sedation
  • IV is a deeper sedation than oral or inhaled sedatives
  • Gag reflex is greatly diminished
  • Dosage is measured to exact specification of individual
  • Great for bypassing dental anxiety
  • Unwanted reactions to the drug can be quickly & easily reversed

Cons of IV Sedation:

  • Cannot drive home by yourself
  • Site of injection can become infected
  • More expensive procedure

IM (Intramuscular) Sedation

Another preferred solution is IM Sedation which is administered intramuscularly with a shot into the muscle. IM Sedation is the go to option when IV is not available, but it is generally less controllable than IV Sedation. This method of sedation is ideal when you are too anxious, fearful, or uncooperative for a dental procedure.

Pros of IM Sedation:

  • Rapid onset
  • Longer lasting effects
  • More reliably absorbed by the body than oral sedatives
  • Patient cooperation not as essential

Cons of IM Sedation:

  • Inability to Titrate (or measure and adjust balance of): Less accurate prediction of dosage
  • Inability to reverse drug action
  • Prolonged duration of drug effect
  • Site of injection can become infected

IV Sedation Case Studies

After the dental care is complete, the IV or IM medication will wear off, and the process of returning to a state of alertness is monitored by the administering dentist and qualified dental staff. All localized anesthesia and shots are completed after the patient is sedated.

Heart Rate Monitor before IV Sedation

To be sedated in our Oxnard dental practice, the patients or their parents, if a minor, must fill out a detailed health questioner and form. The patient has their blood pressure and pulse rate checked and recorded before, during, and after treatment.

Standard Procedure for IV Sedation

This is a typical IV/IM sedation setup in the Oxnard dental office.

Conscious Sedation Permit for Dr Leroy Carson

This is Dr. LeRoy K. Carson’s IV sedation license. Dr. Derek Carson also has an IV sedation license as well. Both sedation dentists are licensed and experienced.

Conscious Sedation Evaluator Dr Leroy Carson

This is Dr. LeRoy K. Carson’s appointment as an IV sedation evaluator for the State of California. Every IV dentist is required to be evaluated every five years in office.



Never fear the dentist again with the easy sedation options offered at Carson & Carson DDS

Don’t let pain or fear keep you from having a great smile. Find a dental plan that suits your needs the best with the wide selection of services offered at Carson & Carson Dental office in Oxnard or Camarillo, California. To discuss the process, pricing, or more information on our use of sedation in sleep dentistry, please call our Oxnard office today at (805) 983-0717.

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Lamont Yvon
Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Casandra Sorenson
Casandra Sorenson
23:05 08 May 18
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
Laura Lassiter
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
Ivon valdez
Ivon valdez
18:13 18 Mar 18
Great office...great dentist ....great staff...very kind and helpful .....
Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia
15:26 27 Jan 18
Fun, friendly staff, that makes you feel comfortable immediately and accommodating...excellent work, i highly recommend'em.
Lucia Vieira
Lucia Vieira
15:18 16 Mar 17
Dr. Derek, you have a hand and a heart of gold. That spirit of help that you have is praiseworthy. I'm amazed at all the treatment you've done and I feel no pain after, not even the pain of the anesthesia sting, I say with propriety because I am very sensitive to pain. Congratulations on your work that loves what you do so you have been successful, not counting on your last generation machine that I do not know how to explain. Much gratitude, you're the best.
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